ORLANDO, Fla., March 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- BJ's Wholesale Club today announced a $10,000 donation and partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, a Feeding America® Member food bank. The donation from the BJ's Charitable Foundation will help improve access to healthy meals for thousands of families in Central Florida. The announcement occurred during BJ's Annual Team Member Conference in Orlando, Florida, where over 400 BJ's Team Members came together to build 4,500 Healthy Pantry Boxes and repack 40,000 pounds of farm-fresh potatoes into family-sized packs.
"BJ's is excited to partner with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to help families meet essential needs, such as access to fresh food," said Kirk Saville, senior vice president of corporate communications at BJ's Wholesale Club. "Our Team Members are thrilled to be a part of the food bank's effort to end hunger and its mission to nourish lives."
With disproportionally high rates of chronic disease in low income communities, combined with increasing healthcare costs, Second Harvest Food Bank plays a central role in the health and wellness of the Central Florida community. Through programs like the Healthy Pantry Boxes and farm-fresh produce distributions, the food bank is focusing on providing healthy, fresh food options and nutrition education to its clients so that they are not only fed, but fed right.
"Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is grateful for BJ's generous donation, which will help increase access to nutritious meals for our neighbors in need," said Greg Higgerson, vice president, development, at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. "As an organization, SHFBCF is committed to inspiring and engaging our community to end hunger, and our partnership with BJ's and its Team Members helps bring this vision to life."
The BJ's Charitable Foundation is committed to nourishing communities and helping families thrive by meeting essential needs such as wellness, education, and access to food. Over the years, BJ's has donated more than 50 million pounds of food and helped deliver 13 million meals to help alleviate hunger. Through its partnership with Feeding America®, the BJ's Charitable Foundation has provided grants to help agencies along the east coast distribute fresh, nutritious food.
To learn more about BJ's Charitable Foundation, visit www.bjs.com/charity.
About BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ's is the leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 214 clubs and 130 BJ's Gas® locations in 15 states.
BJ's provides a one-stop shopping destination filled with top-quality, leading brands, including its exclusive Wellsley Farms and Berkley Jensen brands, along with USDA Choice meats, premium produce and delicious organics, many in supermarket sizes. BJ's is also the only major membership warehouse club to accept all manufacturers' coupons and, for greater convenience, offers the most payment options.
BJ's is wholly owned by affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners, CVC Capital Partners and its management team.
About Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
SHFBCF is a member of Feeding America – the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. SHFBCF secures and distributes food and grocery products to approximately 550 local nonprofit feeding programs throughout Central Florida. Last year, with the help of food and financial donors, volunteers and a caring, committed community, the food bank distributed 52 million meals to partner programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens, women's shelters, senior centers, day care centers and Kids Cafes. In addition, Second Harvest's 14-week culinary program teaches foodservice-based technical, life and employability skills to economically hard-pressed adults. Our community turns to Second Harvest's partner agencies more than 71,000 times per week. To learn more about SHFBCF, visit www.FeedHopeNow.org.
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